Michelle M. Forrester, PhD, PC - Services for Young Children & Families

Jill Brown Fryar, M.Ed., L.C.S.W.

Jill Brown Fryar, L.C.S.W. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and native Texan.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Education at Southwestern University and then attended the University of Texas earning a Master’s of Education in special education for emotionally disturbed children.  Jill worked as a behavior interventionist in public schools and a teacher in a private therapeutic preschool in Houston. Prior to returning to graduate school in social work she was the Intake/Training Coordinator at Depelchin Children’s Center Residential Program. 
 
Jill earned her Master’s of Social Work degree at the University of Houston specializing in clinical work with children and families.  She worked in the Social Work Department of West Oaks Psychiatric Hospital providing therapy to inpatients and outpatients in the modalities of family, group and individual therapy.  After leaving West Oaks Jill worked as a child and family therapist in association with psychiatrist William Streusand, M.D. and for a nonprofit organization providing therapy for sexually abused children and adolescents. 
 
Jill began working with Dr. Forrester in 1996 at Texas Children’s Hospital leading social skills groups for preschoolers and conducting family and individual therapy.  During this time she served as a Clinical Field Instructor for the University of Houston Social Work School and also supervised psychology interns and fellows, as well as LPC interns.  She continued the work at TCH as an Instructor for Baylor College of Medicine in the Psychology Service of the Department of Pediatrics.  Her work focused on preschoolers primarily diagnosed with anxiety, but also those presenting with behavior difficulties and adjustment disorders, including adjustment to traumatic events.  She has extensive experience with children diagnosed with selective mutism and is a recognized specialist by the Selective Mutism Network.  Jill uses play to engage with young children and develop a therapeutic relationship.  The evidenced based approaches of cognitive behavioral therapy and behavior management strategies are utilized in the treatment.  Parents are an integral part of these approaches and emphasis is on empowering them as agents of change. Jill’s respect for parents and their relationship with children is the foundation of her work.
 
9601 Katy Freeway, Suite 175Houston, TX  77024
Phone:  713-598-3559
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